Monthly Reads: August 2017

Read Around the World: August 2017

I read a surprising number of books for the first three weeks of school. I got into a Middle Level groove as well.  I need to read more. I would like to be able to confidently recommend more ML books to students.


The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher  cover

The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak
by Brian Katcher 

 

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Series: none
Published: May 19th 2015
Rating: pretty boring

“Because that's the way the world works, isn't it? You can work hard and be miserable, or do nothing and be happy.” 

Beyond the Shadows by Brent Weeks cover

Beyond the Shadows
by Brent Weeks 

 

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Series: (Night Angel #3)
Published: December 1st 2008
Rating: So much terrible things happen to women

“There's no guarantee that justice will win out or that a noble sacrifice will make any difference. But when it does, there's something that still swells my chest. There's magic in that.... It tells me that's the way things are supposed to be. ” 

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab cover

A Gathering of Shadows
by V.E. Schwab 

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Series: (Shades of Magic #2)
Published: February 23rd 2016
Rating: I love me some Kell- must get to the other books

“She bent most of the rules. She broke the rest.” 

Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman cover

Kissing Max Holden
by Katy Upperman 

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Series: no
Published: August 1st 2017
Rating: Boring beyond all reason. Also, cringe.

“He grins, a sun-cresting-the-horizon sort of grin, and I want to lock it up and keep it forever.”

Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn cover

Wesley James Ruined My Life
by Jennifer Honeybourn 

 

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Series: no
Published: July 18th 2017
Rating: Let it go, girl.  Let. It. Go.

 

 


Fate's Edge by Ilona Andrews cover

Fate's Edge
by Ilona Andrews 

 

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Series: (The Edge #3)
Published: November 29th 2011
Rating: More Jack and George needed

“If the sky could dream, it would dream of dragons.” 

Steel's Edge by Ilona Andrews cover

Steel's Edge
by Ilona Andrews 

 

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Series:  (The Edge #4)
Published: November 27th 2012 b
Rating:  Fluffy

“The idiot had shot their own dog. That’s what happened when the destructive potential of a man’s weapons exceeded his intelligence.”

Always and Forever, Lara Jean  by Jenny Han cover

Always and Forever, Lara Jean
by Jenny Han 

 

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Series: (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #3)
Published: May 2nd 2017
Rating: The Lara Jean sequel I was waiting for.

“I guess that's part of growing up, too--saying goodbye to the things you used to love.” 

Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table by Ruth Reichl cover

Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table
by Ruth Reichl

 

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Series: Her second memoir
Published: April 9th 2002
Rating: Delicious but I am having difficulty not judging.

“I felt that I was really living in the moment. I did not know where my life was going, but right now the future did not trouble me.” 

Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy cover

Learning to Swear in America
by Katie Kennedy

 

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Series: no
Published: July 5th 2016
Rating: Different but good

“I was thinking," Yuri said, licking blood from the corner of his mouth, "that since I bothered to save the world, people might shut up during movies.” 

 


Half a World Away by Cynthia Kadohata cover

Half a World Away
by Cynthia Kadohata

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Series: no
Published: September 2nd 2014
Rating: heartbreaking but hopeful

“Loneliness flooded his whole body like it was a physical sensation, not merely a feeling. Like it was a liquid that had replaced his blood and flowed inside his veins as his heart pumped it through.” 

Pax by Sara Pennypacker cover

Pax
by Sara Pennypacker

 

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Series: no
Published: February 2nd 2016
Rating: Just try not to cry

“The plain truth can be the hardest thing to see when it's about yourself. If you don't want to know the truth, you'll do anything to disguise it.” 

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper cover

Out of My Mind
by Sharon M. Draper 

 

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Series: no
Published: March 9th 2010
Rating: Full review of Out of My Mind

“Words have always swirled around me like snowflakes-each one delicate and different, each one melting untouched in my hands.” 

How To Be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis cover

How To Be a Heroine
by Samantha Ellis 

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Series: no
Published: January 2nd 2014
Rating: We are all on the search for a heroine

“But you can't rescue people; you can only help them rescue themselves.” 

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate cover

The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate 

 

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Series: no
Published: January 17th 2012
Rating: a new classic

“I like colorful tales with black beginnings and stormy middles and cloudless blue-sky endings. But any story will do.” 

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes cover

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
by Stephanie Oakes 

 

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Series: no
Published: June 9th 2015
Rating: One of my faves

“That's how you avoid becoming a moth," he says. "Stop asking others what to believe. Figure it out for yourself.” 

Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat by Bee Wilson cover

Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat
by Bee Wilson

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Series: no
Published: January 1st 2012)
Rating: 

“Technology is not a form of robotics but something very human: the creation of tools and techniques that answer certain uses in our lives.” 

What did  you read this month?

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